The Top 10 In-Demand Skills for Structured Cabling Technicians

Zippia recently compiled a list of the most important skills for a structured cabling technician based on the percentage of resumes they appeared on. Here are the top 10.  1. Fiber Optics  Optical fiber is used by many telecommunications companies to transmit telephone signals, Internet communication and cable television signals. The variety of uses for fiber optics, including in the medical, government and data storage industries, make it a highly desirable […]

5 Tips to Help You Find a Meaningful Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a great way to train for a career while earning money. These full-time positions help you learn with a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom instruction. If you enjoy hands-on learning, an apprenticeship can help you take a big step in your career as an electrician.  How Apprenticeship Programs Work  Apprentices typically work 2,000 hours per year of their program, and […]

What’s in Your Toolbox? 12 Essential Tools for Electricians

Electricians use a lot of tools. Which ones you pick for your toolbox depends somewhat on your personal preference. It can also vary according to your assignment. That said, there are some essential tools that absolutely every electrician needs to do the job safely and effectively.  So, here’s a handy list of the top tools every electrician needs.  1. Multimeter  A multimeter measures multiple electrical properties, including voltage, current and resistance. Multimeters can be analog or digital, and the newer ones boast […]

7 Soft Skills All AV Technicians Need

When hiring technicians, audiovisual (AV) companies seek candidates who are well-rounded and can guarantee consistently strong AV installation work. One strategy many of these employers use is prioritizing not just “hard” technical skills, but also “soft” skills, as these nontechnical attributes are often the key to successful projects. Here are seven AV technician skills that, once honed, will help you land the perfect job.  1. Strong communication  Strong communication between AV managers and technicians is the foundation upon […]

3 Ways to Improve Your Mechanical Aptitude Skills

In the electrical world, mechanical aptitude is known to be important. It’s consistently been linked with success on the job in basically all types of related roles. Unfortunately, many workers assume aptitude is something you’re born with – either you have it or you don’t. The good news is there are a variety of tools and resources […]

A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Structured Cable Technician

It’s a good time to enter the cable industry. The entry-level salary is competitive, it can lead to an information technology career, and it’s a chance to be a part of business growth in your community. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to get started.  Education – While an associate’s degree in telecommunications, electronic or electricity can give you a boost, all you really need is a high […]

Follow the Money: The Top 5 Highest-Paying Cities in Texas for Security Alarm Technicians

It’s a good time to be a security alarm technician. Job growth in the industry has been steady since 2004, and demand in Texas is climbing. But where are the best opportunities in the Lone Star State? According to Indeed, these are the top five Texas cities in terms of salary for alarm technicians.  1. Austin (average hourly salary: $23.36) […]

Trading Up: 5 Reasons to Pursue a Trade

Most of us grew up with the idea that success meant getting good grades so you could earn a college degree and get a professional career. Unfortunately, a college degree doesn’t guarantee a job. According to the University of Washington, approximately 53% of college graduates are unemployed or working in a job that doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree. And that statistic is from 2019, […]

An Electrician’s (Possible) Career Path

If you’re considering a career as an electrician, congratulations! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for electricians is expected to grow a respectable 9% over the next five to 10 years. But you may be wondering what the career path of an electrician looks like. Let’s look at a typical trajectory, […]

These 3 Low-Voltage Jobs Are In High-Demand

While COVID-19 has been devastating to the job market in general, low-voltage technicians are in high demand in Texas – and particularly Houston – according to ZipRecruiter. Here are the three hottest job titles for low-voltage technicians, along with their average salaries and licensing requirements.  1. Fire Alarm Technicians  Fire alarm technicians are a hot commodity in Texas, where the […]